“The Government for the people, by the people and of the people.” – Abraham Lincoln
That is the social contract principle that exist in a democratic country.
Long have the years gone where racial segregation & authoritarianism overtook Malaysia ever since September 1970 to-date. Mahathir could keep his racist supremacy, ideology and philosophy into his obsolescence chest.
We, the RAKYAT Malaysia from every corner of the earth has risen and stand firm on our very core principle of democracy, hoped and wanted CHANGE for the better.
We are clear that Malaysia’s future is not about Najib, Rosmah, Ibrahim Ali, Mahathir, Barisan Nasional [BN] and its partners.
Malaysia’s future is about us, our children, grandchildren and successors. At the rate Malaysia is going, we are not anywhere close to achieve an equal level playing field with other nations internationally.
As listed below are some of the reasons why I felt change is a MUST come 5 May 2013.
1 – According to a Washington-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report for Malaysia within the timespan of 2001 – 2010, the amount of illicit capital outflow rated at a whopping USD$ 285.24billion (RM872.8 billion). In 2010 alone, Malaysia stood at world’s No.2 in illicit capital outflow USD$64.4 billion. This proves how much corruption and dirty money-laundering practice has protrude itself and tarnished Malaysia.
2 – According to an article entitle “It’s not the economy, stupid” by Ong Kian Ming, from 2009 – 2012, our Gross National Income [GNI] has increased by 24%. In 2012, our GDP per capita increased by 5.6%. However, real wages has stagnated for the past 10 years especially for those at the bottom. Underemployment seems to plague many fresh graduates.
To simplify the above, example;
1978 – the starting salary of a fresh graduate was RM1,100 per month. It would have taken 56 months at/or less than 5 years to purchase a 2-storey house in TTDI for RM62,000.
2010 – the starting salary has been increased at average RM 2,500 per month. It would then take 140 months at/or about 12 years to purchase a 2-storey house in Nilai for RM 350,000.
So, unemployment is still a major issue in Malaysia.
3 – Our electoral roll and Election Commission is NOT clean, free and fair. Why?
S9A of the Elections Act 1958 [hereinafter known as the “said Act”] states that Certified or re-certified electoral roll by the Election Commission [EC] shall be deemed to be final.
The last sentence of the “said Act” stated the electoral roll shall be deemed to be final and binding and shall not be questioned or appealed against in, or reviewed, quashed or set aside by, any Court.
The particular section when read is clear and directs so to the Courts. No qualms of it.
However, when common sense dictates, it goes against;
a) Why are there many dubious voters in the electoral roll? This includes;
records of people older than what was recorded in the Guiness World Book of Record;
wrongly recorded sex of a person;
foreigners who are not legitimately a Malaysian are registered as a voter;
Malaysian who did not registered themselves are today, automatically a registered voter;
a registered voter who’s born, lives and registered to be a voter in KL has to cast his/her vote in other states.
b) 1 of the postulates of Rule of Law.
This whereby the result of judicial decisions determining the rights of private persons in particular cases should be brought before the courts. Meaning, Courts are protector of the Law and Human Rights.
Since the EC and Courts have explicitly hide behind the curtains of the “said Act” in the Judicial Review application cases brought by Charles Santiago and Nurul Izzah, this would only mean the BN-lead government has placed the EC higher than Courts.
This is Rule by Law and NOT Rule of Law!
The RAKYAT’s rights will now be considered as DISENFRANCHISED from them because of such decision.
c) Side-stepping from the legal aspect and entering into the procedural aspect. The issue on “INDELIBLE INK” was approved by the EC last year in 2012. However, it turns out;
it will be painted before the RAKYAT cast their vote into the ballot box. This is in contrary to International practise as observed lately in the US Election.
there’s a reason why it is named as INDELIBLE INK. Why is it now that the ink can be washed off by water? According to the Singapore’s Straits Times, a soldier who voted earlier could removed it by water after 6 hours. An indelible ink should last for a week. In defence, the EC shifts the blame to their staff and stated that they should shake the bottles before use. The answer is however, unsatisfactory and irrational. The main question is whether the inks purchased are all indelible or not? Simple as that. The answer should be a YES or NO. It is not responsible of the EC to shift the blame to their staff in that manner.
4 – Article 153 of Malaysia’s Constitution
This Article has to end in order for Malaysia to grow progressively and move ahead to be at the top of the world in every aspects. Period.
5 – Impartiality of Court.
We have seen matters like;
The 1994 Lim Guan Eng’s case of defending a Malay girl who was rapidly a former Malacca Chief Minister.
The 1998 Anwar’s case judged by Augustin Paul J although correct in legal but questionable morally. A judge who precedes the case is one who was appointed by the Prime Minister (who also was suspected to be involved)
the V.K. Lingam tape of Judicial Employment according to connections and influence rather than Judicial Appointment according to merit. Yes, judges are to be apply the law across the board with strict literal sense. However, doesn’t it raise a public interest that;
Senior lawyer V.K. Lingam conversed over a phone call allegedly with the then-chief justice, Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, to allegedly fix the appointment of “friendly” senior judges.
Now, where has the sanctity and impartiality of the judiciary gone to?
6 – Standard of Education
I can’t deny that there obviously is a declining standard of education in Malaysia for the distorted figures in achieving higher scoring rate. This is just the Ministry of Education’s part in achieving their Key Performance Index [KPI]. In the recently released 2011 Trends in International Math and Science Study [TIMSS], Malaysia’s ranking in Math fell from 20th in 2007 to 26th in 2011. Whilst, our ranking in Science fell by an ever greater margin from 21st in 2007 to 32nd in 2011.
This has proved the failure of our education system. Surprisingly, every year it was reported in national medias that our students continue to score better results annually for their Mathematics and Science examinations for PMR and SPM papers.
It is an undeniable fact. Not only that, Malaysia has double the amount of universities as compare to Singapore. Yet, none has made it in Top 400 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012/2013.
So, how does all of these research’s report tele with what our Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin [also holding the portfolio as the Education Minister] who stated that Malaysia’s education system is one of the best in the world. Even better than the America, UK and German’s?
Should we as RAKYAT be living in a distorted or discounted level of reality or even common sense given such unreasonable statement made by our Deputy Prime Minister?
I certainly will say NO! NO! NO!
5 – Malaysia’s History
I remembered back in the days where I was in secondary school where history used to be one of my favourite subject. There were so much of emphasis on;
a) Hikayat Hang Tuah and his fellow malay brethren, protector of Sultan,
b) the marriage of Hang Li Po to one
c) Sultan Masur Shah (the sixth Malacca Sultan)
d) the greatness of Batu Bersurat Terrenganu
I used to accept the facts of what was stated as they are trusting our Ministry of Education to provide us with the correct history in that we will be proud of Malaysia’s history.
Fast forward to the 21st century, when I did my research and reading for knowledge purpose;
a) Hikayat Hang Tuah and his fellow brethren’s origin was questioned as they are Chinese and not Malay
b) Hang Li Po is a man and not a woman
c) That raise a question on the status of Sultan Mansur Shah
d) Batu Bersurat Terengganu is not the oldest heritage discovered in Malaysia.
In addition, why has the 13 May 1969 history were not stated in its origin?
Then it all came to sense where, after our Father of Independence [ the late Tunku Abdul Rahman] resigned, The second Prime Minister lead by Abdul Razak Hussein appointed Mahathir Mohamed s/o. Iskandar Kutty as the Minister of Education. Mahathir is also the one who wrote the yellow paper to Tunku Abdul Rahman to resign. He is involved with a group of others to cause the riot of May 13. It has never been about protecting the Malay’s rights. It was all this while that Mahathir is the MOST RACIST person on earth and hided behind the term “ketuanan melayu”.
When Malaysia achieved independence back in 1957, it was based on “Ketuanan Rakyat” where the three main races in Malaysia worked together and negotiated for independence with England.
Why should our history be amended to fit selfish and racist politicians?
Those aforementioned are some of the reasons why I want CHANGE.
Some fence-sitters will say, why change when we are fine? Perhaps, it will be worse.
I will answer them rhetorically. WILL IT BE ANY WORSE THAN IT IS NOW?
I will vote with no fear, no qualms, no regret, whole-heartedly, with principle, with good conscience and with rationality in mind to have a clean, principled, competent, accountable, efficient and transparent government.
What I learned till today, it is time to CHANGE.
The 2008 political tsunami started from the north and went down south to Selangor.
The Malaysian Spring has arrived. The momentum of “INIKALILAH” and “UBAH” from our fellow Sabahans and Sarawakians brethren and sisters has successfully spreaded to peninsula Malaysia. It will now flourish nationwide.
5 May 2013 is the date. We are ONE. We will be out to vote early in the morning. We will arrive at the polling station with dignity, pride, a collective vision, as peace-loving and positively progressive people, and we want CHANGE.
We are not afraid.
WE ARE READY FOR CHANGE!
I and WE want “KETUANAN RAKYAT”. This represent DEMOCRACY. This represent us, the PEACE-LOVING Malaysian.
This is US! The future is US.
This writer is a Malaysian. This is his words originate from his mind, soul and heart. This is his personal opinion.